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Florida agrees to make prisons more accessible for inmates with disabilities

Reposted from The Miami Herald Original Post by Elizabeth Koh For years, inmates with disabilities in Florida have doubly struggled to navigate its prison system, lawyers say. Inmates with hearing problems have said they were denied interpreters or hearing aids that would help them understand orders or announcements in their facilities. Inmates who are blind… Read more »

Students With Disabilities: We Want Our Fair Chance at College

Reposted from Diverse Issues in Higher Education Original Post  by Ya-Marie Sesay WASHINGTON — Students with disabilities deserve access to higher education to achieve their dreams and goals like everyone else. That is the message several panelists delivered Thursday at a session on the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. As part of the House… Read more »

5 For Good: High school students develop devices for people with disabilities

Reposted from WCVB Original Post by Erika Tarantal Cambridge, MASS — NuVu, an innovation school in Cambridge, recently served as an incubator for high school students developing solutions for people with special needs. The school hosted a learning session, called a studio, to create products for Lee Cusack, who has cerebral palsy. Julia Frangioni and… Read more »

FCC Chairman Pai Honors Innovators In Accessibility Communications Technology

Reposted from the Federal Communications Commission’s Press Release WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 – Recognizing innovative communications technology designed for people with disabilities, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced winners and honorable mentions of the sixth annual Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA). “Communications technology has awe-inspiring power to open doors that have too… Read more »

In AT&T’s accessibility lab, the goal is making technology, products for everyone

Reposted from the Dallas Morning News  Original Post  By Melissa Repko When there’s an emergency, a deaf person’s primary way of calling 911 is still a clunky machine that looks like it should’ve gone the way of the fax machine and typewriter. For Aaron Bangor, the lead accessible technology architect at AT&T, the archaic-looking device — called a teletypewriter… Read more »

A Tribute to Amy Judy

Vera mourns the loss of Amy Judy, a senior program associate in our Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS), who passed away this past weekend. Amy had been at Vera for almost two years, but has been a part of the Vera family for well over 15 years, lending her expertise to shape CVS’s work… Read more »

A Tribute to Hal Schultz

In January, we lost a dedicated self-advocate in Hal Schultz .  We will remember the great work he was a part of with the Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas as a leader in this field who was able to demonstrate survivor-centered approaches in all that he did.  Please see the touching tribute below the collaboration Kansas BELIEVE has… Read more »

SAFE Alliance (SAFE) Celebrates 20 Years of Disability Services

In the mid-1990s, a staff member from The University of Texas at Austin who knew about the high rates of sexual abuse against people with disabilities teamed with the Austin Rape Crisis Center to conduct a community survey. Responders to the survey identified the need for two primary services: accessible counseling and personal safety education… Read more »